Fri, Oct 03, 2008 - Page 20 News List

Top seeds reach Japan Open last eight


Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns to Ayumi Morita of Japan during their second round match at the Japan Open in Tokyo yesterday.


David Ferrer and Andy Roddick lived up to their No. 1 and No. 2 seedings yesterday by progressing to the quarter-finals of the Japan Open.

Spaniard Ferrer recovered from a slow start to defeat Japanese wildcard Takao Suzuki 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, while Roddick downed Austrian No.14 seed Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Ferrer will next meet fifth-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, who defeated Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-1, 6-3.

The draw opened up for Roddick, as his likely quarter-final opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired from his third-round match with a reported abdominal strain. The Frenchman, who reached the Australian Open final this year and won the ATP tournament in Bangkok last weekend, was leading 7-5, 1-2 against Serbian Viktor Troicki when he was forced out.

Czech Tomas Berdych defeated Spaniard Tommy Robredo 7-6, 6-2 and will face Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the quarter-finals. Gonzalez defeated Amer Delic 6-4, 7-6 (4).

The other quarter-final will be between Frenchman Richard Gasquet and German Rainer Schuettler. Gasquet crushed Japanese Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-2, while No.12 Schuettler lost an epic second-set tiebreak before recovering to edge Russian No. 8 Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-7 (12), 6-4.

Ferrer broke Suzuki to go up 3-1 in the second set and said that was the key to winning the match.

“It was a tough match, Takao surprised me,” Ferrer said.

“He was very focused but when I broke him in the second set I got more focused, then the third set was easier for me,” he said.

Ferrer coasted through the final set and won with an ace to wrap up the match in 1 hour, 56 minutes.

In the second round of the women’s singles No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark cruised past Japan’s Ayumi Morita 6-2, 6-1.

In other matches Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic beat Pole Marta Domachowska 6-3, 6-0, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat Rika Fujiwara of Japan 6-2, 6-4 and Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak defeated Ryoko Fuda of Japan 6-1, 6-1.

Australian Samantha Stosur beat No. 2 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-1, 7-5.

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